Originally Posted by Thingamajig
I pretty much share the sentiment.
Same here. I don't see a lot of this stuff happening in a big way. No one is going to buy a $500 iPad as an alarm clock, when alarm clocks are like, $10. Besides, it has been proven that a $10 alarm clock is entirely more reliable than the crud that Apple has right now, where it seems to get confused for a few days every year.
"NetFlix" and things like that depend on unlimited, high speed internet that is not throttled or capped or packet inspected - something that has been hashed over in various threads.
Wireless peripherals are another thing. Some people like them, some people don't - but Corporates that buy most of the stuff will always go wired because it is harder to steal, and will always be cheaper.
Cloud Computing is here to stay - simply because it has been around longer and is more robust than non-Cloud computing. However, because of a lack of infrastructure - it will remain firmly a part of enterprise environments, where there are many cost benefits, and where they can afford the proper, high speed infrastructure. For home users, the benefit is specious at best - except perhaps for some light weight tasks that are only occasionally used (like Google Docs, where one could write letters without having to purchase a full Office suite at great cost) - or perhaps as a way of syncing a netbook/laptop from remote locations.
Cloud Computing will not replace hard drives - people still need mass storage, and the Internet as we have it is inadequate. Corporates can afford the proper infrastructure, and would like to phase out hard drives simply because they are a point of failure that drives IT costs. But then, they will have racks of servers and proper infrastructure (high speed fiber optic backbones, managed switches, enterprise grade servers) - while home users do not have such items, nor would they want to pay for them.
SSDs have some benefits, but are not good when subjected to constant write cycles, which is a limitation of NAND Flash itself. HDDs will still be used for bulk storage. No SSD can touch the ultimate storage of HHDs. I can see SSDs making inroads in certain niches: as high speed boot drives, as local storage in thin client devices, or in mobile applications. However, HDDs will still be on the desktop or in servers for bulk storage and scratchpad applications, and for database operations that would quickly clobber SSDs; while netbook and laptops would rely on HDD storage on cloud based server systems.
Costs will drive the situation, and though SSD prices have dropped, HDD prices have also dropped, as well as pushing the envelope of capacity, with single units now capable of 24TB of storage - storage that would require over 90 of the highest capacity SSD units currently available.